Cake decorating is one of the sugar arts that uses icing or frosting and other edible decorative elements to make plain cakes more visually interesting. Alternatively, cakes can be molded and sculpted to resemble three-dimensional persons, places and things using rolled fondant or pastillage.
Rolled fondant also known as sugar paste is an icing used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries. It may be made from sugar, water, gelatin, tylose, vegetable fat or shortening, and glycerol. It does not have the texture of most icings; rolled fondant is akin to stiff clay which is why it is used to make figurines, persons, places and shapes and is most useful in making 3 dimensional cakes. It can be coloured as per need and molded to make realistic looking shapes.